Can I Get Social Security Disability for Causalgia
Can I get Social Security Disability for causalgia? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you are afflicted with causalgia, and complications from this disorder and/or other debilitating conditions in conjunction with it have caused you to be disabled, unable to work and in need of financial assistance.
Causalgia is a rare and chronic disorder that mainly affects your limbs. It is a progressive neurological disease that can also affect your muscles, bone, skin and joints.
Causalgia has been divided into 2 types. They are:Type 1 - This type of causalgia does not exhibit any demonstrable nerve lesions and does not involve any type of nerve injury. It is the type of causalgia that the vast majority of people have.Type 2 - This type of causalgia has evidence of obvious nerve damage. It is the type of causalgia that is characterized by more pain and hard-to-control signs and symptoms.
The signs and symptoms of causalgia may occur in 3 stages. The disorder can get progressively worse with each succeeding stage of the disease. These stages are acute, dystrophic and atrophic.
The first stage of causalgia is the acute stage that usually develops during the first one to three months of the disorder. The acute stage is evidenced by:Temperature and color changesBurning painIncreased sensitivity to touchJoint painSwelling and increased nail and hair growth in the affected area of your body.
The second stage of causalgia is the dystrophic stage which usually occurs about three to six months after the start of the disease. The dystrophic stage is characterized by:Wasting of your muscles (atrophy) and muscle stiffnessA limb that feels cool to the touch and looks bluishConstant pain and swellingOsteoporosis (early bone loss).
The third stage of causalgia is the atrophic stage. If you have had causalgia for over 1 year, you are considered to be in the atrophic stage of the disorder. The atrophic stage is evidenced by:Increased atrophy of muscles, bone and skin in your affected areaYour affected limb may be displaced from its normal positionIntense painTightness in your affected areaPermanent shortening (contracture) of your affected tendons and muscles.Several things may cause causalgia. These include:A change in your brain and spinal cords ability to manage the complex interaction of your motor, sensory and autonomic nervous systems and your immune systemSome form of injury or trauma, such as a gunshot, shrapnel wounds or a bone fractureA heart attack or some type of heart diseaseUndergoing radiation therapyA repetitive motion disorderParalysis that occurs on one side of your bodyCerebral lesions that occur in your brainSome type of infectionHaving surgeryA spinal cord disorder.No recognizable cause can be determined in about 10 to 20% of causalgia cases.
You may have applied for Social Security Disability from the Social Security Administration and been denied. If you plan on reapplying or appealing your denial, remember this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one at disabilitycasereview.com, are approved more often than people without an attorney.
Article written by James Shugart
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